Women’s Patronage and Gendered Cultural Networks in Early Modern Europe: Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women’s Patronage and Gendered Cultural Networks in Early Modern Europe

Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, 1st Edition

By Adelina Modesti

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368 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 57 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book examines the socio-cultural networks between the courts of early modern Italy and Europe, focusing on the Florentine Medici court, and the cultural patronage and international gendered networks developed by the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Vittoria della Rovere.

Adelina Modesti uses Grand Duchess Vittoria as an exemplar of pan-European matronage and proposes a new matrilineal model of patronage in the early modern period, one in which women become not only the mediators but also the architects of public taste and the transmitters of cultural capital. The book will be the first comprehensive monographic study of this important cultural figure.

This study will be of interest to scholars working in art history, gender studies, Renaissance studies, and seventeenth century Italy.

Table of Contents

Part 1 GENDERED NETWORKS

1. Vittoria della Rovere at the Medici Court: A Dynasty of Women.

2. "Le Signore Dame": Vittoria della Rovere and her female courtiers.

3. Gendered Social and Cultural Networks: Italy and Beyond.

Part 2 SELF-FASHIONING and DISPLAY

4. Visual Splendour at the Court of Vittoria della Rovere; the Role of Portraiture. Chapter 5 Material Magnificence between the Courts of France and Florence: Vittoria della Rovere’s French Luxury Imports

6. Sartorial Elegance at the Medici Court: Fashioning the Grand Ducal Family

Part 3 CULTURAL PATRONAGE

7. A Discerning Eye: Vittoria della Rovere’s Art Patronage

8. The female virtuosa at the Grand Duchess’s court: Vittoria della Rovere’s patronage of female artists and other creative women.

9. Architectural Patronage, Interior Design and Decoration

Part 4 PIETY and SPIRITUAL PHILANTHROPY

10. Performing piety: Vittoria della Rovere and the theatre of religious devotion.

11."Sua infocata devotione": Vittoria della Rovere and the Reliquary Chapel of Santa Maria Maddalena de’Pazzi Nobile Fiorentina

12. Vittoria della Rovere’s Spiritual Philanthropy

About the Author

Adelina Modesti is an Honorary Associate in Art History in the Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

About the Series

Visual Culture in Early Modernity

A forum for the critical inquiry of the visual arts in the early modern world, Visual Culture in Early Modernity promotes new models of inquiry and new narratives of early modern art and its history. We welcome proposals for both monographs and essay collections that consider the cultural production and reception of images and objects. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture and architecture as well as material objects, such as domestic furnishings, religious and/or ritual accessories, costume, scientific/medical apparata, erotica, ephemera and printed matter. We seek innovative investigations of western and non-western visual culture produced between 1400 and 1800.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART015030
ART / European
ART015080
ART / History / Renaissance
ART037000
ART / Art & Politics
HIS020000
HISTORY / Europe / Italy
HIS037040
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies